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Strattenborough Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Watchfield, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.6277 / 51°37'39"N

Longitude: -1.6585 / 1°39'30"W

OS Eastings: 423738

OS Northings: 192152

OS Grid: SU237921

Mapcode National: GBR 5VZ.TT7

Mapcode Global: VHC0R.6CL1

Entry Name: Strattenborough Castle

Listing Date: 31 October 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1368372

English Heritage Legacy ID: 250619

Location: Watchfield, Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire, SN6

County: Oxfordshire

District: Vale of White Horse

Civil Parish: Watchfield

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Shrivenham with Watchfield and Bourton

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

Strattenborough Castle
SU 29 SW 1/80


Dated 1792 on the N front to the left of the main door above a ground floor window
Built to double as a working farm and a Gothick eye-catcher for Coleshill House.
Rubble stone and brick with dressed stone quoins and openings. The farmhouse faces
its yard to the S, but its N front rises above the dwelling's roofline to form a wall
with 2 castellated projecting sham towers, one square the other polygonal. The
combination of materials suggests either a late C18 sensitivity to the organic growth
of a building: brick additions to an earlier, stone structure or a complete
rehabilitation at a much later date. The whole N facade is punctuated by mullioned
and cross mullioned windows, some blind, others with 9 pane sashes. Other features
include single and cruciform arrowslits, elaborate string coursing and stone arched
surrounds with brick infil. A wall from the main block links it on the E with a
stepped gabled barn. This is symmetrically balanced to the W by another, larger, barn
with a gabled stone tiled roof which is set further back and has a N end with an
enormous sham window of 5 lights, partly ruinous, all bricked in . Below this
'window' is a genuine C11 Norman tympanum and above it, set in brick, the date 1794.

Listing NGR: SU2373892152

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